A bottlenose dolphin in the Gulf.

If you’re missing the great outdoors, need a little more wildlife in your life, or are still just as concerned about climate change despite the stay-at-home orders, the DC Environmental Film Festival, known as the world’s premier showcase for environmental films, is now streaming its 2020 selections for free online, since it had to cancel its annual event.

The 60 informative flicks include short and full-length documentaries and feature films covering topics ranging from conservation, adventure, wildlife, science and technology, climate change, and more. You’ll find looks into the lives of South African “street surfers” who pick up the city’s plastic in order to survive, and scientists fighting to save nearly-extinct snails in Hawaii, with plenty of stories on tamarins, fungi, newts, coral, and even taxidermy to go around, too. 

Film selections about our region:

Dispatches from the Gulf 3: Ten Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 

 The Dolphins of Barataria Bay 

The team behind both of these projects screened the first of their documentary series, Dispatches from the Gulf, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2016. The films are both narrated by Matt Damon and address the health of the Gulf of Mexico—as well as a large bottlenose dolphin community in Louisiana—10 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

There’s Something in the Water

This shorter doc is about the invasive floating fern, giant salvinia, and how it’s threatening Caddo Lake, the only natural lake in Texas. At just 8-minutes long and partly animated, this one is good for the whole family, too.  

You can find all the 2020 selections at dceff.org/2020-online.